Yes, and no. That much money and more. Pen and not, something more. There is less impressive art lining the halls of museums worldwide. Holding it in you hand is an experience unlike any other. The work is transcendent. Even if the visual does not impress you there is the technical element. If that fails to impress you consider the experience and the patient perfection of the work. There are layers to the understanding and there are no weaknesses.
Here is the image of Momotaro; one example of a kid by the same artist as the 100 Kids. The closer I look the more amazed I am at just how much work is actually involved in the subject. What looks like a few pretty simply line drawings actually are really very complex congregations of many, many individual strokes. Maybe these images may help explain the time and labor involved.
The color of the peach or jacket or pants are not just one shade but rather varied to slightly change the perception just as you see in reality; an attempt to add depth and contours. What look like a line turns out to be thousands of individual parallel strokes to again add depth. Things like his sash and the twine used to tie his top knot are not just one line but rather many many strokes to duplicate thread. His hair and eyebrows and eyes and lashes are all complex objects precisely placed.
And for the person who grew up in the Culture the simple drawing also encompasses the whole Momotaro saga. That's true with the 100 Kids pens as well. The seeming play of the kids incorporates customs and folk tales and tradition and regionalism and reflects an image of Japan similar to the America of a Currier & Ives print.
Edited by jar, 31 January 2019 - 16:58.